The Capitol Square is located in the heart of the city and has the Wisconsin State Capitol dome, the gem in the Madison skyline which is visible throughout the region. The Overture Centre hosts dance shows and musical concerts by internationally renowned artists. A number of local performing arts organizations ... More are featured in the Bartell Theatre and Opera for the Young.
The Henry Vilas Zoo is home to a variety of exotic birds and animals, such as white rhinos, African lions, otters and seals. The main thoroughfare, the State Street shopping district, is replete with excellent boutiques, eclectic crafts shops, restaurants and cafes.
Madison was founded in 1836 by the former federal judge James Duane Doty and was awarded city status in 1856. It served as a centre of the Union Army during the American Civil War. The city has now evolved into a thriving business and education hub.
The region is characterised ... More by a continental temperate climate and experiences large seasonal variations in temperatures. Summers are warm and winters are extremely cold, with heavy snowfall. It stays humid almost all the year through.
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